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About North Pines

North Pines Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 4000 feet. The site is situated in the heart of Yosemite Valley, an awe-inspiring landscape containing many of the famous features for which Yosemite National Park is known. Within Yosemite, visitors can gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, vast wilderness areas and so much more. Yosemite National Park's reservable campsites are available up to five months in advance on the 15th of each month at 7:00 a.m. (PT) or 10:00 a.m. (ET). For example, on January 15, the time period May 15 to June 14 becomes available to reserve, and therefore, the full booking window would be from January 16 to June 14.Yosemite National Park Campground Reservation Dates


Yosemite's trails, cliffs, roads and rivers provide endless recreational activities for any kind of visitor. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, auto touring, and photography are all very popular activities within the park.

Hiking trails range from the easy paved, two-mile roundtrip walk to Mirror Lake/Meadow, to the grueling but rewarding 14- to 16-mile trek to Half Dome (permit required). Both of these trails begin near the Pines Campgrounds, and many additional trailheads are within Yosemite Valley.

Rafting the Merced River is a fun way to cool down on a summer day when water levels are sufficient. Yosemite Valley also offers numerous guided bus tours, educational programs, museums, ranger-led activities,and an art center with workshops.


North Pines Campground is one of the three reservation campgrounds in Yosemite Valley. It offers paved roads and parking spurs, flush toilets, and drinking water. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring, and a food storage locker. Yosemite's free shuttle bus stops at the campground entrance. Nearby historic Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village) offers a general store, restaurants and bar, amphitheater, and tours and activities desk.

Natural Features

Yosemite Valley is forested with a diverse mix of California black oak, Ponderosa pine, Incense-cedar, White fir, and Whiteleaf Manzanita, which offers a pleasant combination of sun and shade.

Through the trees, Yosemite's telltale granite cliff faces are visible, and the gentle, refreshing Merced River flows nearby.

Nearby Attractions

Within one to two hours, visitors can drive or ride a shuttle bus to some of Yosemite's most grand viewpoints and historic sites. Glacier Point offers sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, and Clouds Rest, among other notable landmarks.

A visit to Wawona and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center is like stepping back in time.

The Tioga Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive past forests, meadows, lakes, and granite domes. Tuolumne Meadows embodies the high-country of the Sierra Nevada, with its broad sub-alpine meadows and granite domes and peaks.

Beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is home to spectacular scenery and numerous wilderness trailheads.

Charges & Cancellations

Cancellations more than 48 hours in advance of arrival date only incur a $10 transaction fee. Within 48 hours, $10 and the first night's fee are charged (Exception: 1 night reservations do not incur an additional $10 fee, but do not receive a refund). No-shows will be assessed a $20 service fee along with the loss of the first night's fee.

ADA Access: N

National Park Service
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Water Hookups
North Pines is located in California
37.7419 N
-119.5656 W
Get Directions
Take Highway 41 north from Fresno, Highway 140 east from Merced, or Highway 120 east from Manteca into Yosemite National Park. Follow signs to Yosemite Valley and the campgrounds.
13 Reviews of North Pines

Good campground. Very flat, perfect for tents. When it’s full it can be a bit crowded. The sites are kinda close to each other. Other than that beautiful place. Easy to walk between the sites.

Great camping

We had a nice open camping spot. It was at the edge of Yosemite Valley. The only downside to the spot was everyone else had a RV and had there generators on at 6am. We are not RV people so we don’t know why they need to run them. Next time we will camp in a tent only area. This area had no showers.

Middle of Yosemite Valley

Beautiful campground within walking distance to multiple waterfall hiking trails. Close to the village. Right in the middle of the valley. Be aware of the time of year if you stay here, traffic in the valley can be nasty. And it may not be fun after a day of hiking to have to drive back into the valley

Nice and convenient, but usual Yosemite site

Camped at North Pines in October of 2015. It is right between Merced River and Tenaya Creek and it is one of the popular valley campgrounds so it was full. It was nice and conveniently located right in the valley, but it comes with crowd issues such as generator noise. Close distance to walk to the store or to trails. Having flush toilets is nice. Usual amenities such as a picnic table, a fire ring and a bear box are available at each site. Since it is hard to reserve a site in Yosemite, I still like it even though I am not a fan of crowded campgrounds.

Equestrian campground in the Yosemite Valley

Great location right in the middle of Yosemite Valley. Great access to beautiful hikes and scenery. The camp sites are spacious. Because it's an equestrian campground, you will smell the horses and stables….be prepared. The river is close to the campgrounds and are refreshing on a hot day.

All about the site

We stayed at two sites during our stay one of them was on the trail to catch the shuttle so we had a lot of foot traffic, especially when you go to bed early. But I was fortunate to get a site with 2 weeks notice. The second one was amazing it was like our own little woodlands. A little more private and plenty of trees to provide shade on a hot summer day.

pleasant setup, easy access, accessible facilities

Camped here with a few buddies. Park bench tables for setting up lunch, easy-to-you bear boxes. We were able to store our food and go hiking all day. Got back to camp, set up our propane stove on the table, and cooked a great dinner.

It was fun to watch various critters (birds, squirrels, deer, coyotes) waltz through camp.

Met a few neighboring campsites, and they were friendly. So we would definitely go back and explore more of Yosemite from this camping area. I would like to raft or swim the river sometime, or possibly fly fish.

First to Review
Convenient, Great View

This campground is in the heart of Yosemite Valley. It is great to camp on the valley floor, especially during peak season as traffic from all main gates to the valley floor is very congested. There is a shuttle stop right outside the campground. You are also in easy walking distance to the path to Mirror Lake and the ever popular Mist Trail. Shuttle stops at all valley attractions and you can easily get to the Pizza Deck in Half Dome Village, the deli in Yosemite Village, and many different hiking trails. Some spots are right along the Merced River. No showers here, but hot showers are close by at Half Dome Village. We will be back!

Perfect Campsite!

Very great campsite located right in the heart of Yosemite National Park. Hard to get reservations unless you plan way ahead which we do every year but we'll work it. Right on a creek you can swim in, trails galore, it's Yosemite!

Relaxing views

This site was very popular and my site was smack right in the center. There were many families and rv's. People were burning wet wood at night and it was very smoky. The neighbors though were very friendly and offered us breakfast. If you come early you are going to get a spot and if your late your out of luck. Even though it is a busy spot it is very clean.